scholarships, stipends, grants, reduced/flexible work schedules
The American Library Association offers many general scholarships
along with specialized scholarships targeted to support staff, youth
services, school media specialists, and members of underrepresented
groups. Look for information about the ALA
Scholarship Program at www.ala.org under the heading "Awards
The American Library Association provides a directory of Accredited
Programs. Contact individual graduate library education programs
for information about specific financial assistance opportunities
available at that institution.
The annual Financial
Assistance for Library and Information Studies directory describes
awards from state library agencies, national and state library associations,
local libraries, academic institutions, and foundations who give some
form of financial assistance for undergraduate and/or graduate education
programs in library and information studies.
The Association of Research Libraries Initiative
to Recruit a Diverse Workforce offers a stipend of up to $5,000
to attract and expose new library professionals from underrepresented
groups to careers in academic and research libraries.
The California State Library coordinates the Public Library Staff
Education Program, a grant program for public library and county law
library employees pursuing a graduate library education degree. The
program is described in an article entitled, "Finding and Funding
Future Librarians -- California Style," by Kathleen Low in the
October 2004 issue of American Libraries, pages 37-38.
The Central Jersey Regional Library Cooperative provides an extensive
list of scholarship
links on the Become a Librarian! webpage.
The Delaware Higher Education Commission Librarian
and Archivist Incentive Program provides merit-based awards for
tuition, fees, and other direct educational expenses for Delaware
residents enrolled full- or part-time in an ALA-accredited program.
Library Association offers two graduate library education scholarships.
The Delaware Valley Chapter of the Association of College and Research
Libraries offers an annual stipend of up to $1,000 to graduate library
students who have demonstrated interest in academic librarianship.
For more information contact Lisa Stillwell, Information Literacy
Librarian, Franklin & Marshall College, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Library Information Technology Association sponsors four LITA
scholarships to encourage the entry of qualified persons into
the library and information technology field.
A cooperative recruitment initiative between Southern University
and Louisiana State University is described in "Let Recruitment
Begin with Me," by Emma Bradford Perry in the May 2004 issue
of American Libraries, pages 36-38.
The University of Delaware Library Assembly of Professional Staff
Student Assistant Scholarship offers an annual $500 award to a
current or former University of Delaware Library student assistant.
internships, trainee programs, volunteer opportunities
College, Coe Library, Mt. Vernon, Iowa offers internships and
independent study opportunities to undergraduate students to explore
careers in librarianship.
The FILL (From Interns to Library
Leaders) Internship program is designed to promote public librarianship
through paid internships or practica at Metropolitan Cooperative Library
System libraries. MCLS is a library cooperative serving Southern California.
The Library of Congress Junior
Fellows Program offers summer work experience to juniors, seniors,
and graduate students.
Kennedy, Elise Levy. "Miami-Dade
Public Library System's Intern/Trainee Program," ALA/APA
Library Worklife. 1, no. 9. Describes a multi-tiered work experience
program for paraprofessionals working towards a graduate library education
Borough Public Library Page Fellows program is a fifteen-week
course that encourages library pages to explore librarianship as a
possible career choice.
Institution Libraries offers internship opportunities to graduate
students, library professionals, and undergraduate students interested
in exploring a library career in library and information science.
The American Library Association Job
Shadow Day Planning Notebook provides essential information
for planning and participating in a Job Shadow Day event.
a Librarian for a Day! lists job shadow and volunteer opportunities
in New Jersey.
The Chicago Library System Groundhog Job Shadow Day is featured in
an American Libraries special report by Linda Wallace on pages
38-39 of the May 2001 issue.
The North Suburban Library System (Illinois) hosts a Job
Shadow Day webpage.
Sutton, Margot. "Job
Shadow Day: Recruitment to the Profession," College &
Research Libraries News 61, no. 4 (April 2000). Summarizes job
shadow days in a number of academic libraries.
career fairs, open houses, panel programs
for Hosting a Recruiting Open House from the Become a Librarian!
Library Career Reception held March 4, 2004 at the University
of Massachusetts, W.E.B. DuBois Library provided information to minority
students about library career opportunities.
The AASL Recruitment to School Librarianship webpage offers tips
on preparing for and participating in a career
Morton, Andrew, et al. "Active Recruitment Within Academic Libraries."
Virginia Libraries 49, no. 4 (October-December 2003): 10-12.
Describes an informal minature career fair at the University of Richmond.
posters, videos, brochures, pamphlets, buttons, pens, misc.
The ALA Online Store includes
a variety of posters, bookmarks, keychains, promoting libraries and
reading that make fun give aways at career events. The digital library
art software may be used to create announcements, flyers, and other
a Librarian" brochures created by the Central Jersey Regional
Library Cooperative in cooperation with the New Jersey Library Network
may be downloaded and printed at no charge.
of a Profession, This 7-minute recruitment video produced by the
Association of College and Research Libraries and the Association
of Research Libraries in 2003, highlights the role of academic librarians
and the satisfactions to be realized in the profession. It includes
interviews with academic librarians who discuss what they do and why
they made their career choices.
Looking For Leaders
In The Information Age This fast-paced, 8-minute video produced
in 2001 by the Ohio Library Council with a "new media" look
generates excitement about the people and jobs in libraries. It profiles
library and information professionals as they talk about their careers
in the information age and explores the many career opportunities
available to those with a library and information science degree.
Support materials include multiple copies of five separate brochures
and a fact sheet outlining scholarship information. Gain an overview
of the career and degree requirements. Learn about the unique opportunities
available in academic, public, school and special libraries. Use this
informative recruitment tool in your library or community - wherever
you want to showcase a career whose time has come.
"Me? A Librarian?!!
Produced by the Ohio Library Council in 1998, this upbeat, 10-minute
video is designed to interest middle through high school students
in library careers. It features two teen-agers with high-tempo background
music. The video dispels common myths about librarians and their work.
Librarians talk about their careers, where they work, and the excitement
of being on the forefront of today's information society. The video
can be used for career days, at library open house, or circulated
in the library's AV collection. Accompanied by an Instructor's Guide,
25 student handouts.
statistical data, government reports, professional news articles
for Choosing a Master's Program in Library & Information Studies,"
a publication of the American Library Association, describes factors
such as admissions, curricula, distance education, financial aid,
and placement services to consider when selecting a graduate library
Hayden, Carla. "Librarianship: A Career As Diverse As You Are."
The Black Collegian (Fall 2003): 40-41.
Kaufman, Paula T. "Where
Do the Next 'We' Come From? Recruiting, Retaining, and Developing
Our Successors." ARL: A Bimonthly Report on Research Library
Issues and Actions from ARL, CNI, and SPARC, no. 221 (April 2002):
Information Experts in the Information Age" by Olivia Crosby in
the Winter 2000 issue of Occupational Outlook Quarterly profiles
the work of several librarians and a variety of career specializations.
website provides a selection of library career development books.
The Occupational Outlook
Handbook, 2004-05 Edition, notes that the number of librarian
jobs is projected to increase 10 to 20 percent between 2002 and 2012.
The Handbook describes the nature of work, working conditions,
employment patterns, education requirements, job outlook, and other
occupations related to librarianship.
an MLS Can Take You" by Linda K. Wallace in the March 2002
issue of American Libraries profiles librarians in unique government,
non-profit, and internet positions.
Spear, Marth. "The
Top 10 Reasons to be a Librarian." American Libraries
(October 2002): 54-55.
Stevens, Jen and Rosemary Streatfeiled. Recruitment
and Retention, SPEC Kit 276. Washington, D.C.: Association
of Research Libraries, September 2003.
"Straight Answers from E.J. Josey," an interview on recruitment
in the November 2004 issue of American Libraries.
U.S. News & World Report provides a listing of the
Top Library Science Programs along with rankings of specialty
programs such as archives and preservation, information systems, and
school library media.
Wilder, Stanley J. "New
Hires in Research Libraries: Demographic Trends and Hiring Priorities."
ARL: A Bimonthly Report on Research Library Issues and Actions
from ARL, CNI, and SPARC, no. 221 (April 2002): 5-8.
Become a Librarian!
sponsored by the Central Jersey Regional Library Cooperative
in Librarianship sponsored by the University of Delaware Library
We're breaking the mold sponsored by the Oklahoma Library Association,
Career Recruitment and Retention Committee
LIScareer.com offers career
development resources for new librarians and information professionals,
MLS students and those considering a library-related career. The site
features practical articles contributed by information professionals,
along with links to online and print resources.
Metro Magnet sponsored
by the Metropolitan New York Library Council
This page is maintained
by the ALA Recruitment Assembly in liaison with the ALA Office for Human
Resource Development and Recruitment. Please send recommendations for
additions or changes to jbrewer at udel.edu.
Last update January 5, 2005.